Thursday, January 16, 2014

Run in Memory of Meg Menzies #MEGSMILES

Runners across the country are being invited on social media to honor the memory of Virginian Meg Menzies on Saturday. Menzies, who lived in Hanover County, Va., with her husband and three young children, died Monday morning after being struck by an SUV on a Hanover County roadside while she was running about a mile from her home, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported.
Gina Junkermann of Richmond, Va., places running shoes with the message of "MEG STRONG WE LOVE YOU!" at Hickory Hill Road and East Patrick Henry Road in Hanover County, Va., in honor of Meg Menzies, who died Monday after being struck by a car. Junkermann said she used to run with Menzies.
From the Meg's Miles Facebook page:

"Meg Cross Menzies was tragically killed by a drunk driver while out for her morning run on January 13, 2014. As an avid runner, member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, and Boston marathoner, she was a member of the running family nationwide. In her honor, our hope is to raise awareness of drunk driving, texting and driving, and overall safety of runners and cyclists everywhere.

"This Saturday, January 18, 2014, no matter what your distance, no matter where you live, run for Meg. Take in the fresh air, be aware of your surroundings, keep your headphones on low, feel the heaviness in your lungs, the soreness in your legs, and be grateful for it--for all of it. The sweat, the pain, the wind, the cold…everything. Be grateful for that moment.

"Feel free to post pictures of yourself pre-run or post-run, post your distance, post your thoughts, prayers, condolences with the hashtag #megsmiles. Twitter, Instagram, Facebook. Let all runners unite together and remember the loss of a beautiful spirit. It's not a coincidence the hashtag reads either 'Meg's Mile'" or 'Meg Smiles.' She will be smiling on all of us forevermore."

As of 6pm on January 16, 62,000 responded to invitation.
Will you run on Saturday, January 18?



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